The Toyota Starlet vastly outsells the Suzuki Baleno on which it is based.
New vehicle sales in South Africa gain 22.1% year-on-year in 2021 to 464,122 units. Passenger cars are up 23.3% to 303,961, light commercials improve 20% to 133,079, heavy trucks and buses gain 22.1% to 19,564 and medium trucks step up 11.6% to 7,518.
The Toyota Hilux is the best-selling vehicle in South Africa for the 9th year in a row thanks to sales up a further 15.4% leading to a 7.8% share. The Hilux has a 14,000-unit advantage over the #2, the VW Polo Vivo (+10.8%) at 4.7% share. The Ford Ranger (+1.2%), VW Polo (+11.6%), Isuzu D-Max (+29.3%) and Toyota Hiace (+39.3%) ensure the Top 6 is unchanged on 2020. The Toyota Starlet, in fact a rebadged Suzuki Baleno, storms into the Top 10 at #7 whereas the Baleno doesn’t even make it into the Top 50. Another rebadge, the Toyota Urban Cruiser aka Suzuki Vitara Brezza lands directly at #10 vs. #30 for the Suzuki version. Other newcomers in this year’s Top 50 include the Renault Triber at #15, the Haval Jolion at #22, Toyota Agya at #23, Great Wall P-Series at #25, Toyota Corolla Cross at #31, VW T-Roc at #32 and Kia Sonet at #44.
Previous year: South Africa 2020: Market down -29.1% to lowest in 20 years
Full Year 2021 Top 50 models vs. Full Year 2020 figures below.